15 Delicious Hot Chocolate Hacks That are Over-the-Top Decadent
What's better than a steaming mug of thick, creamy hot chocolate on a chilly day? Not much—except maybe a mug scented with cardamom, cinnamon, and other chai spices; a grown-up version spiked with amaretto and sea salt; a frozen hot chocolate milkshake; or a red velvet rendition. Can't decide? You don't have to—throw together a hot chocolate bar and serve them all.
First things first: There is a difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa. The former (also known as drinking chocolate) is made from solid semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate; sometimes with an addition of cocoa powder, milk, and heavy cream, with perhaps a little sugar or vanilla extract. The latter is made from cocoa powder, sugar, and hot milk or water.
Start with a master recipe for rich and chocolatey hot chocolate, and then add a few of our favorite indulgent upgrades—all of which are as easy to make as they are deliciously decadent. Because life is too short to settle for a lukewarm mug of microwaved pre-made cocoa mix.